Day 7 of SOL19
I am always looking for new ideas or ways to improve teaching reading and writing in English to the ESL kids in my school, who come from very poor backgrounds in an isolated community with limited vocabulary (in their own language) where very few literacy aids are available. Our school is in northeast India and has 60 students from KG class to Class 5.
Recently I came across Whole Brain Teaching during an Instagram search and thought it looked like it offered some good ideas (you can just #whole brain teaching in a search and there are lots of videos if you need to check out what I’m referring to). There was even one illustrating the elements of storytelling with actions which looked useful and the kids seemed very involved.
Has anyone tried this method with success, particularly if you have students that are ESL or hard to engage?
I am trying to introduce fresh concepts of learning with understanding to my teachers, who are all local and have themselves been educated only to learn by heart and copy from the board. It’s all quite different to them, so I need to innovate slowly, slowly! They are often hesitant to do things like lead songs themselves, so we regularly use downloads from the internet…
The kids totally love using actions and it definitely helps their understanding.
If we have visitors, I invite them to teach the students (and their teachers) a drama or song or some other method of creating movement in the classroom. Recently two girls who visited the school, directed an action version of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’.
Here they are going through the swishy swashy grass!
If anyone has any ideas or links to good websites, I would really appreciate your input! I’m on a steep learning curve here and now I’ve introduced writing into the curriculum, I definitely need whatever meaningful resources I can lay my hands on!
Thanks in advance for any feedback!! I do love the interaction between slicers, I’m learning so much!